And the hard times get… easier?

Balance seems to have returned to the universe. And once again the pen hits the paper. The wordslinger returns. Or am I just reading too much Stephen King these days? Ha. No such thing.

I haven’t looked at writing my book since November, but at least I can look at writing my poetry again. Since, for I while I had given it up. And at times I thought I had given it up… (duh-da-duhh…) permanently. I think at times I might just been a tad dramatic.Β  Maybe it had just went away for a while and then, it decided to return again. Just as well, it’s nice to know that I can do something right… every now and again.

So, I’m rambling.

Well, it has been a fine life. Too busy of course, teaching year 10s, two year 11 classes and a year 12 class. It’s all serious business of course and I have no time to think, let-alone write. That’s okay, though. It’s hard but it’s good. I’ve got things to look forward to and a goal all planned out. I’ve just gotta get the book finished. So I’ve gotta find some time to get it done after all this socialising and working and reading and working and eating and socialising. How am I ever going to get it done?

Despite the hard things, I’m still motivated to at least get some poetry done, but I have to get into some form of mantra to actually get THE BOOK DONE.

What do you think fellow writers? Β What routines have you committed yourselves to? What wordslinging doctrines do you follow?

14 thoughts on “And the hard times get… easier?

  1. I’ve completed two novels πŸ˜€ and both times it consumed my entire life for about 2 or 3 months (the first draft), like I’d work on it at work, at home, at supper, late into the night, in the washroom, at Starbucks, everywhere, its my obsessive personality, I will work myself to death. Then after the first drafts came the many, many rewrites. But both times I noticed that I had a spurt of inspiration, the ideas and scenes coming too fast for me to keep up and I couldn’t just ‘leave it for later’ or I’d lose the flow.
    During times I’m not motivated I just force myself to do a half hour of writing, but that half hour always turns into two hours cuz once u get started it starts to flow. Just get started, that’s the hard part, every day commit to half an hour πŸ˜€ and it will get done! Good luck πŸ˜€

      • I wish it was impressive to me 😦 cuz no matter how hard I work I’m still not published. It seems like getting an agent to look at your work is as impossible as winning the lottery. I’m keep on writing, but I’m sure what for. I do like wordpress thought because it gives my characters & writing an audience πŸ˜€ (except I feel limited to first person blog-style writing)

  2. I have a tendency to procrastinate, or to find something else that “really needs to be done” if I get to a tricky part of my writing. Writing at the same time every day has helped, because I’m less likely to think of something else I “should” be doing during that time.

    I also tend to get consumed by a project, especially if I really believe in the idea. I don’t always work every moment of the day on it, but I’m thinking about it. While I do dishes or make dinner, I’m trying to figure out how to untie a knot I’ve come to in the story, or some other issue.

    My best advice… if you have an idea that really makes your blood start pumping, dive in. Don’t wait to make sure it’s perfect, don’t try to plan every single thing. Just jump with both feet. You’re less likely to lose interest that way.

    Thank you for liking my blog post #BlogFlash2013 Day 11: Running !

  3. The truth is, there’s always someone better than me. Sometimes that gets me down. Not that there really IS someone better than me, but in my sick mind…everyone’s better. That causes a downward spiral with my writing. I write less and less, until wham! I have this awesome scene take place in my head. I think, yep, no one can write that better.

    I like to create little challenges. For example, National Poetry Month is April. So I’ve challenged some friends in a writer’s group to create one poem, even if just a few lines, every day. Or, do our best to write more poems this April than any other month this year.

    When I do get involved to a point where I can’t stop, as another poster mentioned, I get sucked in, consumed. Nothing else matters. When I was writing the first draft to my now newly self published novel, I wrote it in less than 3 months. Lucky for me I was in a position to devote a great deal of time to writing. Ten years later, when I knew it was time to put it out there, I spent 8 months doing nothing but going to work, then coming home and editing and reworking scenes. I yelled at people, didn’t return calls, wouldn’t go out with friends, nothing. Write, edit. That’s it. When I was done, my mother’s actual words were, “Thank heaven. I hope we don’t have to go through that again.” But, we have and we will because when I say I’m going to do something, anything, I do it. I entered a novel-writing contest twice, and both times I was unbearable to my family. LOL. Oh well. Technically, for serious, committed writers it’s out job even if we don’t get paid.

    I have so much to say. My characters have so many stories to tell. I wish I could get paid to write around the clock, but alas, my day job calls.

  4. One word at a time, my friend–or one letter at a time, if that’s what it takes!

    I’m so glad you’re back and feeling the itch to write again. For me, the best times of productivity have had two aspects: one, a deadline, however small. For the last 630-some days, it’s been to the self-imposed requirement to put up a daily blog post with at least a few words (no specific number) and one bit of ‘art’ (even a tiny doodle will suffice). Sometimes I can produce a bunch of small posts in a short period of time, which is a really good thing because there are days when I either don’t have time to make a new post or feel kind of used up, so I have my little stash waiting. Mostly, it’s best to keep pushing every day to do something new, however small. Just making it a habit is big for me.

    The second element that seems to help me most is to deliberately turn off my inner editor while I work. I know it shows in my posts and occasionally puts me in the position of standing around in my underwear in public, but thankfully that’s in the virtual world and among very supportive and forgiving friends who make up my little readership community. Letting myself–no, *forcing myself to*–let go of criticism before I have something at least nearly ready for the Publish button means I have a chance of doing something less predictable and more personally fulfilling, and just possibly even surprisingly decent, when I just sit down, do the work, and strive to get in the flow of things. I so admire your commitment to keep at it even while doing the very demanding and challenging work of bringing the gift to your students. Onward and upward!

  5. Thank you for the reminder that I ought to make some “wordslinging commitments” – for now, I do my blog writing when I can with book writing my goal. My eyes are really challenging me these days which is posing a bit of a barrier to both my reading and writing time but hoping to work past or through that. Being part of this blogging community really helps so I suppose I could say my commitment for now is to blog post at least once a week. Whatever else I can produce after that will be a bonus πŸ™‚ Happy Writing and thank you for this πŸ™‚

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